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Effectiveness of different nursing handover styles for ensuring continuity of information in hospitalised patients

  1. Marian Smeulers1,*,
  2. Cees Lucas2,
  3. Hester Vermeulen1,3,4

Editorial Group: Cochrane Effective Practice and Organisation of Care Group

Published Online: 24 JUN 2014

Assessed as up-to-date: 4 MAR 2013

DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD009979.pub2

How to Cite

Smeulers M, Lucas C, Vermeulen H. Effectiveness of different nursing handover styles for ensuring continuity of information in hospitalised patients. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2014, Issue 6. Art. No.: CD009979. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD009979.pub2.

Author Information

  1. 1

    Academic Medical Center, University of Amsterdam, Department of Quality Assurance & Process Innovation, Amsterdam, Netherlands

  2. 2

    Academic Medical Centre, University of Amsterdam, Department of Clinical Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Bioinformatics, Amsterdam, Netherlands

  3. 3

    Academic Medical Centre, University of Amsterdam, Department of Surgery, Amsterdam, Netherlands

  4. 4

    Amsterdam School of Health Professions, University of Applied Sciences Amsterdam, Faculty of Nursing, Amsterdam, Netherlands

*Marian Smeulers, Department of Quality Assurance & Process Innovation, Academic Medical Center, University of Amsterdam, Meibergdreef 9, Amsterdam, 1105 AZ, Netherlands.

Publication History

  1. Publication Status: New
  2. Published Online: 24 JUN 2014



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